I have a different take on Perot in 1992.
Perot tapped into the complete disconnect Goerge Bush the Elder had with the Reagan Revolution. From March of 1991 to the summer of 1992, Bush had squandered a tremendously high approval rating after Gulf War I.
Perot tapped into the fear of the economic path we were on as a country.
As a result of Perot getting 19% of the vote,the GOP-E was scared sh#tless of what was a resurgence of the conservative wing of the GOP.
What we got was Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America in 1994, and for the first time in 40 years, a Republican majority in the House, in Jan. 1995.
Now, I will grant you that Perot in 1996 was a spoiler, however, in 1996 the GOP gave us Bob Dole when it was clear a second Clinton term would be a disaster for the country.
Without that Republican majority in the House in the 1990s Clinton would have had no “Clinton Economy”.
Without Reagan, we tend to forget how wishy washy and weak the GOP leadership was in the House and the Senate in 1970s and 1980s. Thank God for Reagan, who went over everyone’s head to the American people to save this country from economic and constitutional ruin.
What is still a mystery to me 20 years later is how the GOP rolled over and allowed a horrible candidate like Clinton to win. And then allowed it four years later.
I pray there is no such repeat of history in 2012, becasue, as Eric Nordstorm says “the Taliban is on the inside of the building”.
Your description of the Clintons is spot on.
All true... but I also think Perot had a personal vendetta against Bush. I still think that was his primary goal - defeating Bush. Didn't matter who the Democrat candidate was.